The Men in Blue faced humiliation by the attacking mindset of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, who scored 80+ runs each.
Moving forward, the Indian T20I team have T20 World Cup 2024 as their next big tournament. Some strategies need a change, while the selectors are in a tough spot pondering team combinations.
The exclusion of wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal from the Playing XI put a question mark on selection choices. On the other hand, India played with finger spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, which was shocking.
India won the close games against Pakistan and Bangladesh, and was nowhere close to its perfect performance, especially in the batting unit.
T20 World Cup: Not enough ammunition in the powerplay?
India did not capitalize on the fielding restrictions in the first six overs in the T20 World Cup 2022. The opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma could not be proficient in tandem, throughout the whole course of the tournament.
The Men in Blue scored a total of 217 runs in the powerplay, with an average score of 36.17, which is below par in T20 cricket. In the semi-finals, Rahul contributed only 5, while Rohit accumulated 27 off 28 balls.
The Indian team management seemed confused mid-way through the showpiece event between wicket-keepers Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik.
The defensive mindset of the bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh were quite surprising. Given the fact that the duo were sensational with the new ball before the semi-finals.
With rising concerns about the team’s inability to win big tournaments, a complete overhaul is required by the management. In this regard, the all-rounder Hardik Pandya is touted to be the new leader of India in the shortest format.